Jordan Eberle may be the most famous World Junior player in the tournament’s history, owing to his electric goal against the Russians with no time on the clock. Taylor Hall scored 6 goals in 6 games in his WJ appearance, and now the third amigo gets his chance. Jordan Eberle scored 14 goals in 12 WJ games, including what is likely the most memorable goal in the tournament’s history.
For Nugent-Hopkins, a couple of weeks away from OKC won’t hurt and it is a chance to win something–he is unlikely to make a playoff appearance for the Oilers this or next season based on the club’s inability to address weakness.
The World Juniors aren’t getting their usual play this winter, owing mostly to the fact that the games are going to be televised to insomniacs in Canada and pvr’d by the rest of us. I think Nugent-Hopkins inclusion will make it more interesting for Oiler fans, with David Musil and Nail Yakupov being the other big draws. Injuries to Oscar Klefbom and Martin Gernat will impact the Oilers final total at the championships.
A possible dust up with Hockey Canada has been avoided though, as the NHL and ‘PA didn’t conclude negotiations this week. Nugent-Hopkins might have been recalled by the Oilers if training camps were firing up Christmas week.